Saw this article on TechCrunch this morning –
I’m wondering what affect this will have on scholarly communication efforts to build institutional repositories. Is our ultimate goal to archive and preserve our school’s scholarly record or to fight for open access? Do scholarly communications offices have the responsibility of providing faculty with ALL the available options for open access?
I spent some time the other day researching FSU faculty on Academia.edu and was very encouraged by the number of papers and faculty who seem to be actively involved there. (Philosophy, 121 papers?!) I did notice, however, that some faculty were uploading the publishers formatted version of their articles, which in most cases in not allowed contractually. There’s work to be done, but I think considering Academia.edu as an essential peice of a healthy ScholComm initiative is something to account for.
Thoughts? How are your school’s represented on the site? Could Academia.edu be considered an easy first step for introducing open access on campus?